Robert Hubbard


Non-Executive Chairman

Robert was appointed a Director in November 2012 and appointed Chairman in July 2016. Robert was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 20 years until 2013. During his time as a PwC partner, he served as auditor and adviser for some of Australia’s largest resource companies with activities throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea, West Africa and South America. His experience has covered a range of commodities including base metals, gold, oil and gas and thermal and metallurgical coal.

Robert also serves as a Non-Executive Director in various community and commercial focussed organisations. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited and Chairman of Primary Health Care Limited. Robert is currently a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Martín Perez de Solay


Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Martín was appointed to the Orocobre Board as Managing Director following the retirement of Richard Seville on 18 January 2019. At the same time, Martín formally commenced his duties as Chief Executive Officer (see ASX announcement dated 18 January 2019).

Martín is a qualified industrial engineer with a career spanning engineering, operational improvement, banking, finance and executive management. Prior to joining Orocobre Limited, Martín was the President and CEO of Petroleos Sudamericanos, an oil and gas producer operating in Argentina and Colombia. Martín joined Petroleos Sudamericanos in 2011 and since that time has established new operations, acquired assets, led major stakeholder management initiatives and was responsible for implementing a significant operational improvement programme responding to the falling oil price.

Prior to 2011, Martín was CFO and head of Corporate Development of GeoPark, a successful oil and gas operator with assets in Argentina and Chile. Martín was a key member of the Geopark executive team that established its asset base and subsequently listed the company on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

Martín joined Geopark from Citigroup where he had spent a decade in the institutional, corporate and restructuring activities of the bank, importantly through the difficult economic times at the turn of the century.

Martín is a qualified industrial engineer from the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires and has completed management programmes at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard and Austral University, Argentina.

Richard Seville

RICHARD P. SEVILLE  (BSc (Hons) Mining Geology, MEngSc Rock Engineering, MAusIMM, ARSM)

Non-Executive Director

Richard joined the Board of Orocobre as Managing Director in 2007, when it was an unlisted Argentinian explorer, chaired by Neil Stuart. Neil and Richard took Orocobre through to listing on the ASX in December 2007.

Richard is a mining geologist and geotechnical engineer and has over 35 years’ experience in exploration, development and production, and nearly 25 years in the corporate field as a Director involved in resource development funding through both debt and equity with companies listed on ASX, TSX and AIM.

He is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines and James Cook University in North Queensland and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Mining Geology and a Master of Engineering Science in Rock Engineering.

Richard managed Orocobre’s growth from an explorer to become a successful producer of lithium carbonate at the Olaroz project, the first new major producer from brine in 20 years. Richard was instrumental in negotiating the Toyota Tsusho Joint Venture in 2010 and has been key to the management of the relationship since.

Richard formally retired from the position of Managing Director and CEO on 18 January 2019 – he remains on the Board as a Non-Executive Director.

John Gibson

JOHN W. GIBSON, JR.  (BGeolSc, M.S Geology)

Non-Executive Director

John was appointed a Director in March 2010. John is a recognised leader in the energy technology and services industry with more than 25 years of global energy experience. John is currently Chairman, Energy Technology for Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Company – an energy focused investment and merchant bank headquartered in Houston, Texas.

John was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Tervita Corporation, a major Canadian environmental and oil field services company. Prior to joining Tervita, John served as Chief Executive Officer of an enterprise software solutions company serving oil and gas industry clients and has held senior positions with the Halliburton Group of Companies, most recently as President of Halliburton’s Energy Services Group. John serves on the Boards of Directors of Blue Spark Energy Inc. and I-Pulse Inc. He is a member of the University of Houston Energy Advisory Committee, visiting committee of the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, and the national board of KickStart Kids.

John holds a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University and a Master of Science from the University of Houston and is a member of several professional societies.

 Fernando Oris Deroa

FERNANDO ORIS DE ROA (MPA, Harvard Kennedy School of Government)

Non-Executive Director

Fernando was appointed a Director in June 2010. Fernando is a highly successful business leader with a history of developing and operating large enterprises within Argentina and has a reputation for upholding integrity and social responsibility in his business practices. He began his career in 1970 with large trading company Continental Grain, working in the USA, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil and Argentina eventually rising through the ranks to be responsible for all of Latin America. As Chief Executive of S.A. San Miguel, Fernando was widely credited with turning the company into the largest and most profitable lemon products company in the world. The process of restructuring included listing S.A. San Miguel on the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange in 1997.

Fernando was Chief Executive and significant shareholder of Avex S.A. from 2004 to 2012. He has also held the role of Director of Patagonia Gold Ltd. He holds a Master of Public Administration from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In January 2018 Fernando was appointed Argentina’s ambassador to the United States by President Mauricio Macri.

Federico Nicholson


Non-Executive Director

Federico was appointed a Director in September 2010.
Federico has been a member of the Board of Ledesma, a diversified Argentine agro-industrial producer since 1991, also serving as Executive Director until June 2014.

He is currently Chairman of CEADS (Consejo Empresario Argentino para el Desarrollo Sustentable), an Argentinian local division of WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), and president of La Payana S.A.

Additional positions held throughout his career include President of Argentine North Regional Center and President of Chacra Experimental Agricola Santa Rosa for 19 years respectively, Vice President of the Argentine Pulp and Paper Association, Deputy Secretary of the Food Industries Association, and Vice President of the Argentine Corn Starch and Syrups Chamber, Vice President of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA) for fourteen consecutive years (1999-2013), and President of the National Industrial Movement.

Federico has been a Board member of various sports organisations, including Mar del Plata Golf Club among others, where he was the president from 2002 to 2009. Since graduating from the University of Buenos Aires with a Law qualification, Federico has continued his association with the institution. Federico is also a member of the Company’s Remuneration Committee.

Leanne Heywood


Non-Executive Director

Leanne was appointed a director in September 2016. Leanne is an executive and leader with over 25 years corporate experience in the mining sector, including 10 years with Rio Tinto. Her experience includes strategic marketing, business finance and compliance and she has led organisational restructures, disposals and acquisitions.

Additionally, she has had significant experience in complex cross-cultural negotiations and international customer and stakeholder relationship management (including governments, communities and investment partners). Leanne holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s and CPA Australia.

Leanne is a Senior Marketing Executive with Inenco Industrial Services, a Non-Executive director for the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and is member of the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity.

Leanne is a member of the Audit Committee.

Masaharu Katayama


Non-Executive Director

Masaharu was appointed a Director in April 2018 following the strategic placement of Orocobre shares to Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC), under the terms of which TTC is entitled to appoint a representative to the Orocobre Board of Directors (see ASX announcement 16 January 2018).

Masaharu’s experience includes risk management, resource development and marketing strategy development with exposure to a variety of industries throughout India, Canada, Morocco, France, Vietnam and Japan.

Masaharu holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Kobe University. He has been working for TTC since 1995 and is currently General Manager of Resource Development.

Neil Kaplan


Chief Financial Officer & Joint Company Secretary

Neil was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 7 January 2013 and Company Secretary on 1 July 2013. Neil is a Chartered Accountant and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Company with over 20 years of experience in managerial and finance positions obtained on four different continents.

Neil’s experience in the resources sector was achieved working in executive financial roles for Glencore International and formerly TSX listed company Coalcorp Mining, both based in Colombia. Neil holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

Alex Losada

ALEX LOSADA (BGeoSC (Honours), PhD, MAusIMM)

Chief Operating Officer

Alex joined Orocobre as General Manager of Operations in May 2016 and has more than 25 years’ experience in senior management roles in Australia and overseas as a Non-Executive Chairman, Non-Executive Director, Managing Director, Vice President of Exploration, Country Manager, Project Manager and Business/Market Development Manager and has past experience as a consultant for mining and technology companies, government agencies and universities.

Alex holds a Bachelor Degree (Honours) in Geological Sciences from Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina) and a PhD in Economic Geology and Geochemistry from Monash University (Australia) is a competent person as defined under JORC and NI43-101 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Rick Anthon


Corporate Development Manager, General Counsel & Joint Company Secretary

Rick joined Orocobre in 2015. Rick is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in both corporate and commercial law practicing exclusively in the resource sector. He has worked both as a director and adviser to numerous resource companies and has extensive project planning, acquisition and development, capital raising and corporate governance skills.

David Hall

DAVID HALL  (BBus Mgt (Mktg))

Business Development Manager

David has extensive business management, market development, marketing and logistics experience in domestic and international chemical and industrial mineral markets across a wide range of products and geographies.

Prior to joining Orocobre, he worked for 19 years in a number of executive roles with ICI Australia and Orica Australia and subsequently with Queensland Magnesia.

David holds a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing) degree from the Queensland University of Technology.



General Manager, Borax Argentina

Ivan joined the Company in late 2015, having over 17 years of experience in Project, Operations and Site Management, involved in the exploration, designing, and development of over 20 open pit mines and quarries. He has managed mining and plant operations in mineral resources such as industrial minerals (silica sand, quartz, dunite, serpentinite, gypsum, clay and currently borates), dimension stone (granite, limestone, quartzite) and aggregates. As a consultant, Ivan has worked over 10 years in projects, studies, and expert reports related to mining, hydrology and renewable energy. For seven years, he worked simultaneously as a University Professor and Researcher, teaching courses in surface and underground mining, tunnelling, rock and soil mechanics, maintenance, and health and safety.

Ivan holds a Master of Science, a PhD in Mining Engineering and a Master of Industrial Innovation and Process Optimisation, all from the University of Vigo, in Spain.

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    Orocobre Limited is pleased to advise that Orocobre Managing Director and CEO Mr. Martín Pérez de Solay, Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) and Toyotsu Lithium Corporation representatives hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to signify the commencement of construction at the Naraha Lithium Hydroxide Plant (Naraha Plant).
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    To listen to a recording of Orocobre’s latest audio webcast briefing, where Managing Director & CEO Mr. Martín Pérez de Solay discusses the Quarterly Activities Report for the period ended 30 June 2019, click on the media player below.

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